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Oct 27, 2011 04:21 AM

Food oriented walking tours of Rome?

During my upcoming visit to Rome, I'm interested in a food oriented walking tour of the markets and a selected restaurant or two.

Paris chowhounds endorse Context walking tours as a great source of knowledgeable tour guides. Context also has guides in Rome and several other major cities. Any Chowhound experience with Context tours in Rome? Are there other guides I should consider?

Thanks very much.

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  1. We did a walking tour in Rome with Context and our docent was CH's own Maureen Fant. It was wonderful and I highly recommend it. This is the one we did:

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    1. re: ttoommyy

      Thanks very much. Sounds like a perfect introduction to the "food" of Rome.

      1. re: cortez

        Hi Cortez
        We are doing a food tour in Paris this weekend with Culinary Tours of Paris. Have you heard of them? We are really looking forward to it. Being a Paris Foodie where would you put Pierre Herme on you list for pastries.? Friends just told us it is their favorite spot in Paris

        Sorry to digress. As for your posted inquiry we did a wonderful tour that we are still raving about with Eating Italy Food Tours in Rome. The website is It was both delicious and so much fun.

        Have a delicious time in Rome!

        1. re: roaminginrome


          Thanks for the tip. We toured food in Paris with Wendy Lyn of The Paris Kitchen. She has been criticized on here. But, we enjoyed her tours very much, including privileged seatings at Spring and Frenchie.

          So sorry, but we didn't make it to Herme. We did make it to Hermes. A different thing.



      2. re: ttoommyy

        Ditto rec for Context and for the Context walking tour with Maureen. They also do an evening wine bar walking tour that is well done and fun.

        1. re: wristband

          Herme vs Hermes - both so delicious. If you like macarons, Pierre Herme will fit the bill.

          Re Roman tours - also see resident Rome advisor

          1. re: DistendedBelly

            I can taste them already....I can't wait!

      3. Since you're asking about food tours, maybe you're interested in rounding that out with wine? I'd recommend Vino Roma, which gets top ratings on Trip Advisor. They have just moved to a beautiful new space and hold regular tastings which are as fun as they are informative.

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        1. re: minchilli

          Thanks very much. Great suggestion.

          1. re: cortez

            Thank you very much ttoommyy, I am also going to Rome soon and I found the advice very helpful :D

        2. Have you considered taking a cooking class in Rome? I haven't done this yet, but I think it would be fun. Check out this one...